Welcome to week two of "Hiber-Nation," a weekly series of product-centric posts featuring home accessories and other odds-and-ends that will help make housebound-in-the-winter life a bit more enjoyable. 

Now that I've zeroed-in on one of the most — if not the most — compulsory items for seasonal hunker down-dom, I'm tackling seven newly released or soon-to-be-released must-reads that serve as excellent snowed-in and/or flued-in distractions. My picks cover a wide range of green home and garden topics ranging from energy-saving home improvement projects to chicken coop architecture to a memoir that's rich with "horticultural how-to and woo-woo."  And if you're on for prowl for additional don't-want-to-leave-the-house reads, be sure to check out this batch of fall releases that you may have missed.

Is there a new book that you're excited to spend some QT with this winter?

"The Backyard Parables: Lessons of Gardening, and Life" by Margaret Roach (Grand Central Publishing)

"Green Architecture Now! Volume 2" by Philip Jodidio (Taschen)

"Resurrecting Trash: Dan Phillips and the Phoenix Commotion" by various (Texas Review Press) 1/30

"Lawn Gone!: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard" by Pam Penick (Ten Speed Press) 2/12

"Reinventing the Chicken Coop: 14 Original Designs with Step-by-Step Building Instructions" by Kevin McElroy and Matthew Wolpe (Storey Publishing)

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.